A GENEROUS spirited rail operator has played fairy godmother to a unique charity – thanks to one of its staff at Greenfield.
Richelle Walsh, the popular customer care assistant with Northern, nominated Mummy’s Star, the only charity in the UK supporting women and their families affected by cancer in or after their pregnancy.
A panel of Northern employees chose to support her nomination from a series of local good causes put forward.
Richelle became involved with the charity through one of her regular customers, whose best friend was affected, and she now helps Mummy’s Star at events and through sponsorship.
Richelle said: “I was thrilled to learn the charity I had nominated had been awarded the donation of £3,000.
“It will make an amazing difference to the women and their families.
“As a relatively new charity, this money will give the cause a fantastic boost. I cannot thank Northern enough for making this donation.”
Carolyn Watson, Northern’s Community and Sustainability Director, said: “We’re delighted to support Mummy’s Star.
“We had lots of strong nominations from colleagues across our network, supporting a range of local charities and projects.
“They gave our judges a really difficult task whittling the nominations down to just one winner but Mummy’s Star really captured their attention.
“It’s not just about handing over a cheque, it’s also how we can support the charity in the longer term so we’ll be encouraging colleagues to get involved in fundraising too.”
Eva Royle of Mummy’s Star, who lives in Delph, said: “If it wasn’t for generous supporters such as Northern, Mummy’s Star couldn’t exist.
“I came into the charity four years ago after I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 20 weeks pregnant with my son, Sam.
“I had three cycles of chemo, delivered my baby, then had a further four cycles plus numerous operations and radiotherapy.
“Now nearly five years on, touch wood, Sam is a healthy four-year-old due to start school in September.”
Find out more about Mummy’s Star online at: www.mummysstar.org